Lamb drafted by Hitmen
A difficult season paid off for Swift Current's Hunter Lamb when he was selected by the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft Thursday.
Unlike other prospects who skip school to follow the draft, Lamb was in class when his name was called in the ninth round. "Basically everyone just started texting me in the middle of class," he explained.
Lamb, the son of Swift Current Broncos Head Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb, was the leading scorer on the Swift Current Kabos Raiders as they struggled to a 3-28-0 record in the Saskatchewan Bantam AAA Hockey League this season before losing both of their playoff games.
"It was tough," he said of his season. "My team wasn't the strongest, but I think I did okay."
Lamb was still able to average over a point per game with 15 goals and 18 assists in 31 regular season games and then added seven points in two playoff games.
"I just kept working. I just tried not to get down and just kept going," he said.
That production led the Calgary Hitmen to select the 5'8'' forward in the ninth round, 196th overall. Lamb was the only Southwest player taken in this year's WHL Bantam Draft.
"I had a feeling maybe, but not by them for sure," he said of his selection and added that he had not talked to many teams prior to the draft.
Lamb gave credit to his former Bantam coach, Kent Woods, as well as his father for helping him get to this point. He will be trying out for the Swift Current Midget AAA Legionnaires next season after appearing in five games with them late last season. He registered two assists during his late season call-up.